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Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017
Senatla, Pollard named in squad for first Springbok training camp
Senatla, Pollard named in squad for first Springbok training camp
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017

Seabelo Senatla, the current World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, as well as fit-again Springboks such as Handré Pollard, Siya Kolisi, Frans Malherbe and Jaco Kriel, were all included in an extended Springbok training squad for the first of three camps, in Johannesburg.

The camp takes place from Sunday 5 to Tuesday 7 March and is the first of three preparations camps the Springboks will undertake as part of their plans before the start of the international season in June, when South Africa host France in a three-match Castle Lager Incoming Series.

Also included in the squad are five promising players who are earmarked for possible future Springbok involvement. They are Ox Nche (prop, Toyota Cheetahs), Joseph Dweba (hooker, Toyota Cheetahs), Hanro Liebenberg (No 8, Vodacom Bulls), Warrick Gelant (fullback, Vodacom Bulls) and Wilco Louw (prop, DHL Stormers).

All five youngsters are Junior Springboks, having represented the South Africa at various editions of the World Rugby Under-20 Championship. Four of them, Nche, Liebenberg, Gelant and Louw, featured for their franchises in the opening round of Vodacom Super Rugby the past weekend.

Players from the Cell C Sharks or Southern Kings were not considered for the Johannesburg camp, because of Vodacom Super Rugby duty in Australia and Singapore, while Emirates Lions players will leave the camp after Mondays’ activities as they are travelling with their franchise team to Argentina the following day.

Long-term injured players such as Juan de Jongh (centre), Roelof Smit (flank) and Howard Mnisi (centre) were not considered for this camp.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said he is very happy to start working with the extended Bok squad so early in the year.

“We did a lot of background planning and this camp will give us the opportunity to take the objectives we agreed on at the various indabas, to the training field,” said Coetzee.

“This group was selected before the start of Vodacom Super Rugby so that we could adhere to World Rugby regulations by giving notice of the camp 14 days in advance.”

SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux, said: “I want to thank our franchises for their cooperation and releasing their players during Vodacom Super Rugby for the three Springbok camps.

“Unfortunately, we did not have any of these camps in 2016 and we know it is very important for the players and the coaches to spend as much time together as possible before the start of the season.” 

Invited players for the first Springbok camp in Johannesburg (5-7 March), in alphabetical order:

No

Name and surname

Position

Franchise

1

Nizaam Carr

Number 8

DHL Stormers

2

Uzair Cassiem

Flank

Toyota Cheetahs

3

Damian de Allende

Centre

DHL Stormers

4

Lood de Jager

Lock

Vodacom Bulls

5

Faf de Klerk

Scrumhalf

Emirates Lions

6

Ruan Dreyer

Prop

Emirates Lions

7

Jean-Luc du Plessis

Flyhalf

DHL Stormers

8

Pieter-Steph du Toit

Lock

DHL Stormers

9

Joseph Dweba*

Hooker

Toyota Cheetahs

10

Eben Etzebeth

Lock

DHL Stormers

11

Warrick Gelant*

Fullback

Vodacom Bulls

12

Lizo Gqoboka

Prop

Vodacom Bulls

13

Hanro Liebenberg*

Number 8

Vodacom Bulls

14

Travis Ismaiel

Wing

Vodacom Bulls

15

Rohan Janse van Rensburg

Centre

Emirates Lions

16

Elton Jantjies

Flyhalf

Emirates Lions

17

Siya Kolisi

Flank

DHL Stormers

18

Jaco Kriel

Flank

Emirates Lions

19

Jesse Kriel

Fullback

Vodacom Bulls

20

Wilco Louw*

Prop

DHL Stormers

21

Frans Malherbe

Prop

DHL Stormers

22

Lionel Mapoe

Centre

Emirates Lions

23

Malcolm Marx

Hooker

Emirates Lions

24

Bongi Mbonambi

Hooker

DHL Stormers

25

Teboho Mohoje

Flank

Toyota Cheetahs

26

Franco Mostert

Lock

Emirates Lions

27

Ox Nche*

Prop

Toyota Cheetahs

28

Sikhumbuzo Notshe

Number 8

DHL Stormers

29

Trevor Nyakane

Prop

Vodacom Bulls

30

Rudy Page

Scrumhalf

Vodacom Bulls

31

Sergeal Petersen

Wing

Toyota Cheetahs

32

Handré Pollard

Flyhalf

Vodacom Bulls

33

Raymond Rhule

Wing

Toyota Cheetahs

34

Seabelo Senatla

Wing

DHL Stormers

35

Jan Serfontein

Centre

Vodacom Bulls

36

RG Snyman

Lock

Vodacom Bulls

37

Jamba Ulengo

Wing

Vodacom Bulls

38

Armand van der Merwe

Hooker

Emirates Lions

39

Piet van Zyl

Scrumhalf

Vodacom Bulls

40

Francois Venter

Centre

Toyota Cheetahs

41

Warren Whiteley

Number 8

Emirates Lions

 

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